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Benjamin T. Sharpe

PhD Candidate & Associate Lecturer in Cognitive Psychology


Ben is currently undergoing a PhD research studentship with the University of Chichester, in collaboration with King's College London, to conduct a series of studies examining the attributes that underpin lifeguard expertise and hazard detection performance. Through working alongside the Royal Life Saving Society UK (RLSS UK) and the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI), the project aims to further research in drown prevention and highlight a means to reduce the likelihood of a drown scenario unfolding in our lifeguarded waters. Whilst his PhD focuses on drown prevention, additional research interests include; expertise, visual attention and cognition both within and outside of sport. For this reason, Ben actively searches for additional research opportunities and has previously worked on several projects across the University. 

In addition to his PhD, Ben is an Associate Lecturer within the Institute of Education, Health, and Social Sciences (Department of Psychology) and the Institute of Sport. Within the Department of Psychology Ben will be leading module seminars on; Cognitive Psychology, Biological Psychology and Abnormal and Forensic Psychology. Ben has previously taught on the following modules within the Institute of Sport; Applications of Psychology in Sport and Exercise, Skill Acquisition, Cognitive Psychology in Sport and Motivating Athletes. In conjunction with his teaching responsibilities, Ben has worked towards and has gained the Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy accreditation.

Ben is also the Psychology Lab Technician within Institute of Sport and the Institute of Education, Health and Social Sciences, supporting and contributing to the overall functioning of the Psychology Lab. The role includes providing specialist technical support to staff and students undertaking detailed scientific testing, demonstrating support and delivery of specialist equipment, and actively participating in the implementation of the Universities recruitment strategy,



Doctor of Philosophy, Psychology and Neuroscience | University of Chichester | 11/2017 – Present

Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy | University of Chichester | 2018 – 2019

Master of Science, Psychology of Sport and Exercise | University of Gloucestershire | 2015 – 2016

Bachelor of Science, Applied Sport and Exercise Studies | University of Gloucestershire | 2014 – 2015

Higher National Diploma, Sport Development & Coaching | NWHC | 2012 – 2014


  • Applications of Psychology in Sport and Exercise
  • Psychological Skill Acquisition
  • Cognitive Psychology
  • Motivating Athletes

Professional Associations

  • Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

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Moore, L. J., Harris, D. J., Sharpe, B. T., Vine, S. J., & Wilson, M. R. (2019). Perceptual-cognitive expertise when refereeing the scrum in rugby union. Journal of Sports Sciences, 1-9. 

Moore, L. J., Sharpe, B. T., White, C., Vine, S. J., & Wilson, M. R. (in preparation). How do rugby union referees use visual information to make decisions during complex maul scenarios? Perceptual and Motor Skills.

Runswick, O. R., Jewiss, M., & Sharpe, B. T. (in preparation). The effect of match play context on cognitive effort and perceptual-motor performance in golf putting.

Ritchie, L., Sharpe, B. T., O’Donnell, M., & Hunt, E. (in preparation). Impact of professional resilience training on university student’s self-efficacy.